Primates: Africa

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th November 2016.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with governments in African countries with a chimpanzee population on the survival of that animal in the wild.

Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with governments in African countries with a gorilla population on the survival of that animal in the wild.

Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with governments in African countries with a lowland gorilla population on the survival of that animal in the wild.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has had no specific discussions with African governments with a population of chimpanzee, gorilla or lowland gorilla on the survival of these animals in the wild. However, the UK is a member of the Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP). This is a United Nations initiative committed to ensuring the long term survival of great apes and their habitats in Africa and Asia, which includes chimpanzees and gorillas. Additionally we have funded projects through the Darwin Initiative that have benefitted chimpanzees and gorillas.

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